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Julius de Kempenaer is the creator of Relative Rotation GraphsTM together with Trevor Neil he will write the blog entries for the RRG-free and the RRG-pro blog sections of this site. If you are looking for specific subjects or would like Julius to contribute on a speific subject, at least loosely related to RRG or Relative Strength in general,...

Julius de Kempenaer is the creator of Relative Rotation GraphsTM together with Trevor Neil he will write the blog entries for the RRG-free and the RRG-pro blog sections of this site. If you are looking for specific subjects or would like Julius to contribute on a speific subject, at least loosely related to RRG or Relative Strength in general, please post your question in the forum or send julius a direct message.

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What do you want from me?

Rumour has it that a new show will be launching soon on StockCharts TV. The focus for this weekly 30-minute adventure will be on sectors, with yours truly as the host/presenter for this program (so you can count on a healthy dose of RRG-related content)...
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GE is Doing It Again!

A good way for you to check what has been driving a particular market is to go to the "Market Movers" widget on your dashboard and select the universe that you are interested in. To the right, I have printed the table showing the top 10 most active stocks in the S&P 500...
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Forces Are Shifting in The Battle Between INTC and MSFT


When you open up StockCharts.com and go to Your Dashboard, one thing you'll find is a section called "Market Movers", located in the top-right corner of your screen.

I currently have this section of the page set up so that it shows the top 10 most active stocks inside the Dow Jones Industrials index. This way, it gives me a quick overview and general idea about the market behavior for the day. To expand that overview a bit further, I can then click on the RRG link below the table, which will run the Relative Rotation Graph for those ten stocks.

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A Strong Rotation on RRG and a Break to New Highs Make For a Killer Combination


At present, the Technology sector is rotating through the weakening quadrant on the Relative Rotation Graph. Following a strong move in the first months of this year, relative strength for XLK started to level off and has remained more or less flat since April. We'll have to wait and see if the sector can pull off a rotation back to leading without first hitting the left side of the RRG canvas.

The rotations for the individual stocks in the Technology sector are showing big differences, varying from very strong (like MSI and SNPS) to very weak (like NVDA and NTAP).

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Team USA Wins the Soccer Final, But Three International Markets Beat the S&P

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Last night (Sunday 7/7) the Dutch women's soccer team played the World Cup final against Team USA. I am not a huge soccer fan but, as a Dutchie, you have to catch at least part of that event! It did not work out for us, so congrats to the American girls for a game well played.

I have to admit that I did try to come up with something catchy and compare the S&P with the Dutch AEX Index ($AEX), but that did not work very well for us either ;)

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Brexit is SOOO 1776!


Happy Fourth of July!

On this public holiday - for the US, anyway; not so much for me ;) - I looked up a bit more about the history of Independence Day and, while doing so, it occurred to me that even back then, the British were involved in a separation...

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An Investment Process Is All About Piecing Things Together To Get Other Or Better Insights.


In my last DITC contribution, I wrote about the Real Estate sector that is crossing over into the leading quadrant while the seasonality chart for that sector indicates that over the last 20 years XLRE closed the month of July higher 71% of the time with an average gain of 1.9%

The average gain, by the way, is calculated over all years not just the years in which Real Estate outperformed the S&P 500.

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This Sector Just Returned to the Leading RRG-Quadrant AND Shows an Outperformance 71% of the Time in July


I do not believe that there is just one single tool, strategy, method, etc. that fits all our needs as investors or traders. For me, the power of research and analysis lies in combining information from various sources and subsequently putting all that together into a market-view, strategy, system, etc.

That is why I always encourage people to NOT use RRG as a standalone tool, but to always combine it with information from other sources and embedding their use into an investment process.

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The Dollar Beats All Currencies In The G10 Except For The Japanese Yen


Relative Rotation Graphs can be used to visualize the relative movement of much more than just stocks and sectors.

In the example below, the RRG shows the relative rotation for the G10 currency universe using USD as the base currency. In this case, you will see nine currencies, all expressed in USD terms, rotating around the USD.

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(Technical) Market Analysis And Portfolio Construction Are Two Completely Different Animals In The Same Zoo.


First of all, let me say that I really appreciate any feedback and comments I get on any of my articles, either via DISQUS below each blog post, via email or in SCAN. I do read all of them and I try to answer most of them, I think my response rate is above 90%. So if I have missed yours, just ping me again.

Just being polite is one reason to answer, even if the answer is "sorry I cannot answer your question." But, more importantly, the interaction with readers is fun and sometimes thought-provoking. And, on a regular basis, these exchanges of thoughts provide ideas for future articles. When that happens, I know that there is at least one person out there that likes or is interested in that article. ;)

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Real Estate Is Getting Back In Shape!


The Relative Rotation Graph for US sectors shows the sector Real Estate (XLRE) inside the weakening quadrant but moving upward, almost vertically, on the JdK RS-Momentum scale. 

This type of rotation usually indicates that a second, or third etc. leg of a relative uptrend is about to get underway.

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Value Is Taking Over From Growth And Shows Positive Rotation On RRG


One of the Relative Rotation Graphs that I like to follow, as a way of keeping a handle on the bigger picture, is the one that shows the rotation of growth- versus value stocks.

This RRG is predefined in the dropdown box under the header "US MARKETS" and shows the rotation of the Dow Jones US Growth index against the Dow Jones US Value index. The benchmark is set as the Dow Jones US Index ($DJUS).

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Staples and Financials Head Towards the Leading Quadrant While Energy Rolls Back into Lagging


The chart above shows the relative rotation for US sectors against the benchmark S&P 500. Over the last five weeks, the tails for Consumer Staples (XLP) and Financials (XLF) started to move in a similar fashion. Both are heading towards the leading quadrant.

The Energy sector, on the other hand, rotated back into the lagging quadrant, following almost four months inside improving without being able to make it over to the right-hand side of the RRG.

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Did We Just Complete a H&S Top In $SPX?


It seems I did not have to look very far to find today's DITC entry...

The S&P 500 ($SPX) provides enough ammunition to get excited - or maybe worried is a better word - and not ignore the price action that is unfolding at the moment.

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Spotting Strength And Weakness Inside The Financial Sector (XLF)


Looking at the Relative Rotation Graph showing the sectors of the S&P 500, we can see that the tail on the Financials sector stands out, having seen a big increase since last Friday.

Over the last 12-13 weeks, Financials rotated from the lagging into weakening quadrant, then moved sharply back down to lagging and then back up to improving again. The move currently underway from the previous observation (last Friday) on the weekly RRG above is especially interesting to watch, as there is a much longer distance between the two observations than what we have seen recently.

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Is China About To Pick Up The Pace Again?


Yesterday I wrote about the relationship of US stocks against other international stock markets in my regular RRG-Blog.

The Relative Rotation Graph that I use for these analyses is one of the pre-defined groups and printed above.

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What Does It Mean When The US Starts Outperforming Other International Stock Markets?


Stock markets around the world are showing mixed pictures. Returns over the last 5 weeks vary from +4% in Australia to -10% in China.

The Relative Rotation Graph above shows the relative trends that are currently in play among the various international stock market indexes.

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Will this break in IEF be able to hold up?


Browsing some Relative Rotation Graphs, the relationship between Stocks and Bonds, once again, drew my attention.

When I shifted to their respective charts I decided that the current price action of IEF as shown in the graph above deserves our, or at least my, attention.

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Gold Pops As The Stock Market Drops


After a struggle with resistance around its previous high of 2940, the S&P 500 index failed to break and started to come down off of its highs.

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Strong Rotation For AXP on RRG vs DJ Industrials



Watching the Relative Rotation Graph for the DJ-Industrials universe, you can see a few stocks, like AAPL, BA and WBA, that stand out immediately. Despite the current setback in the market, there are still some stocks that are worth approaching from a buyer's perspective.

Inside The Leading Quadrant and At Strong Heading

One of these positive exceptions is AXP. You need to zoom in on the RRG to find it, as the area around the center of the chart is a bit crowded. 

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